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Mokume Gane Patterning

Eric Burris

July 11–12, 2022

Mon & Tue • 10am–6pm


Tuition: $350

Materials Kit: $110 (additional)

Tuition is nonrefundable, review policies here

Call to enroll: (303) 997-9846

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Workshop Details

Mokume Gane, or wood grain metal, is a traditional Japanese technique in which two or more different metals are meticulously cleaned, alternately stacked, compressed and heated to a high temperature. The result is the fusing of all layers into a solid block or billet. After thinning, the billet can be made into patterned sheet metal and utilized in jewelry or functional objects.

There are endless possibilities when making a piece of patterned Mokume Gane sheet.
The shape of the tool often dictates the shape of the final pattern and subtleties in technique will result in a unique piece every time. Participants will learn three different patterning techniques: drill press cutting, flex-shaft carving, and bull-nose chiseling. After demos participants have ample time to practice using pre-made billets

Materials & Tools List

MATERIALS KIT $110  (in addition to your tuition, payable at time of enrollment )
Purchase of the kit is required for this workshop and includes: pre-made copper/brass billets, various carving burs, drill bits, a bull-nose chisel, cutoff wheels, mandrels, and 320 grit sandpaper. 

Bring the following:

  •  Slotted mandrel for emery paper

  • High Speed 7/8" separating discs, 1/16” hole

  • 1/16" Screw Mandrels; either 3/32 or 1/8” shank

  • Jeweler’s Saw Frame

  • 2/0 Saw Blades and Beeswax/Synthetic Lube For Blades

  • 6” Jeweler’s Ruler

  • 8" Habilis or Half-Round File, and any other hand files you may have

  • Safety Glasses

  • Hearing Protection

  • Dust Mask (Particulate Respirator, P95/N95 or better)

  • Closed Toe Shoes, Leather Preferred

  • Work Apron (Either Cotton or Linen, No Synthetic Fibers)

  • Note Taking Materials

  •  Fine Point Sharpie Marker


Eric has been working with Mokume Gane for almost 20 years. Drawn to the organic wood-like patterns, it is the primary material in his jewelry and the focus of his workshops. His goal is to teach jewelers and metalsmiths traditional and western methods of Mokume Gane and enable them to make it on their own. He has a BFA from Kansas State University and an MFA from Arizona State University. Eric lives in Maryland with his printmaker partner, Gretchen and his two dogs, Carmela & Javier.

Master Series Policies


  • There are no refunds or credits for Master Series Workshops.

  • By enrolling in a Master Series workshop, you affirm your acceptance of our no refunds policy and represent to us that you possess the appropriate skills to comply with the prerequisites.  

  • Check your calendar carefully and choose wisely before enrolling. 

  • DJS cannot issue a credit or refund as all tuition received goes toward travel expenses, lodging, workshop materials and commitment to the instructor. 

Please contact us with any questions you might have regarding a Master Series Workshop.